The Business Plan Guide for Independent Consultants

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At last, a complete business plan guide just for independent consultants! . . . And who better to write it than North America's #1 bestselling author on consulting?

Unlike most general business plan books that focus on raising capital and applying for loans, this unique do-it-yourself guide concentrates on defining services and products. Written by Herman Holtz, the nation's leading expert on making it as an independent consultant, it tells you everything you need to know to ...

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Overview

At last, a complete business plan guide just for independent consultants! . . . And who better to write it than North America's #1 bestselling author on consulting?

Unlike most general business plan books that focus on raising capital and applying for loans, this unique do-it-yourself guide concentrates on defining services and products. Written by Herman Holtz, the nation's leading expert on making it as an independent consultant, it tells you everything you need to know to develop a realistic, workable business plan that prepares you for any contingency and helps guide your day-to-day decision making as your business flourishes and grows. Numerous illustrations and worksheets guide your every step and save you the drudgery of starting from scratch. This book covers all business planning topics of crucial concern to consultants, including:
* Defining your products or services
* Market research and sales strategies
* Rate structures and income projections
* Worksheets to help you create objectives and set goals
* Sample business plan

Includes the Author's Disk to help you prepare your business plan, from defining your services and target market to estimating start-up costs, setting rates and consulting fees, and projecting income. Boilerplate contracts and letters of agreement are also provided.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471597353
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

HERMAN HOLTZ is an all-time bestselling author on consulting whose books on the subject have sold in the hundreds of thousands of copies in the United States and abroad. His other books include How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant, The Consultant's Guide to Proposal Writing, and The Consultant's Guide to Winning Clients, all published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Why You Need a Business Plan.

Mission Statements and Business Definitions.

Start-Up Planning.

Initial Commitments.

Market Analysis.

Analyzing and Qualifying Markets and Segments.

The Marketing Plan.

Planning the Presentations and Using the Tools.

Zeroing in on Your Market.

Rates and Pricing.

The Financial Side of the Business.

A Sample Business Plan.

Appendix.

Index.

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